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News: Photographer captures Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue been struck by lightning

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The 125 feet tall statue of Christ the Redeemer Statue towering over Rio de Janeiro was hit by lightning in a jaw dropping moment to be caught on camera. A photographer managed to capture the precise moment the iconic monument, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was struck.

According to Catholic News Agency, the lightning bolt struck the afternoon of Feb. 10, and photographer Fernando Braga shared the picture on Instagram. “Unstoppable. Never give up. Many frustrated attempts to capture lightning falling on the [statue of] Christ. Many rains and days passed. I was close a few times, but I had never captured this on the [statue of] Christ,” the photographer wrote.

“It’s the place that I love to photograph! I already have a very special photo for me that was of the blessed moon and now I have the divine lightning!” Braga exclaimed. The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro was dedicated on Oct. 12, 1931, the feast of Our Lady Aparecida, patroness of Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and lined with soapstone. It is 125 feet tall and stands on a 26-foot pedestal. The outstretched arms are 92 feet wide.

In 2006, on the 75th anniversary of its dedication, Cardinal Oscar Scheidt, then archbishop of Rio, created the Archdiocesan Shrine of Christ the Redeemer of Corcovado. In 2007, the Christ the Redeemer was chosen as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in a global voting campaign sponsored by the New 7 Wonders Foundation.

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